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Lesson 9. Creating a Flash Movie > Disseminating Content Across Layers

Disseminating Content Across Layers

All the text and graphic objects are now in the freehand layer. Some of these should persist across different screens (for example, the logo appears in the top-left corner in the second and third screens); some elements need to be animated (including some of the text elements); others just come and go. Flash makes it possible for you to implement these features and functionalities, using the timeline. In this task, you'll move the various elements into their own layers in the timeline, which makes it possible to animate and control each element independently of the others.

In the timeline, click Frame 1 of the freehand layer.

Frame 1 of the freehand layer contains all the elements for Screen 1 imported from Freehand. It includes two text boxes, “Organic Farming:” and “What is it?.” The screen also contains the Jade Valley logo and a rectangle, which is a placeholder for a graphic you'll add later. You'll move this placeholder into the correct layer first.

Choose Edit > Deselect All. Using the Arrow tool, click the logo in the bottom-right corner. Choose Edit > Cut.

Moving elements from one layer to another in the timeline is a matter of cutting and pasting the element. In this step, you've removed the logo from the stage in Frame 1. In the next step, you'll paste it back, only in a different layer.

Click Frame 1 of the logo layer. Choose Edit > Paste in Place.

The logo appears in the same place from which you just cut it. Notice that the keyframe in Frame 1 of the logo layer is now a solid circle, and that all the static frames that follow it are gray. You know that the logo is in the new layer.

You chose Paste in Place, rather than Paste, because Paste simply pastes the element in the middle of the screen. You want to paste it in the same location from which you cut it; Paste in Place accommodates this need.

Repeating Steps 2 and 3, cut the text block “Organic Farming” from the freehand layer, and paste it in place into Frame 1 of the text Organic farming layer.

Now that it is in its own layer, you'll be able to animate it independent of all the other screen elements.

Move the text block “What is it?” from Frame 1 of the freehand layer, and paste it in place in the text What is it layer.

Double-check the timeline to make sure the content ended up in the correct layer—look for a solid circle keyframe and gray shading in the frames.

Move the placeholder rectangle to the photos layer.

Obviously, this isn't a photo, but you might as well put the placeholder in the right place.

Notice as you complete this step that the keyframe in Frame 1 of the freehand layer is now hollow, and its subsequent static frames are now white, at least up till the next keyframe (Frame 47). You have moved all of the contents out of Frame 1 in the freehand layer into other layers. In the next task, you'll move content out of the freehand layer for screens two and three. When you are done, you'll be able to delete the freehand layer, since by then it will be empty in all frames.

Save the file.



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